Hot Docs 2013: The Unbelievers (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 2, 2013 1 Comment 17453 views

The Unbelievers is a love letter to reason and the men – Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss – who are on a kind of world tour to advocate for science and reason. Director Gus Holwerda took the stage prior to the Hot Docs screening that I attended and said that he intended to make a rock and roll tour movie about two science guys. As unlikely as that sounds, that’s exactly what The Unbelievers is, right down the moody passing landscape through the tour bus window shots.

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss travel the globe, engaging in debates, discussions, and talks on the topic of reason. It seems silly that such a thing is necessary, but here we are. Dawkins and Krauss are passionate advocates for science and they counter the fiery but irrational arguments of religious fundamentalists with an equal but always logical fire. The Unbelievers demonstrates that there’s an audience for their brand of reasoned secularism. This is a movement.

The film concludes with a kind of Hello Cleveland! Are you ready to rock?!? sort of moment that wouldn’t be out of place at a Kiss concert. Dawkins and Krauss, along with a host of other rationalists, take the stage at the Rally for Reason in March, 2012 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This gathering of 30,000 people is the largest gathering of non-believers in recorded history. If you think there shouldn’t be a need for such a thing as a Rally for Reason, note that this event was not covered by a single major media outlet. Indeed, The Unbelievers is when I first heard of it.

In one tour stop, Richard Dawkins says he believes the nastiness of the response by the religious contingent is a sort of death rattle. Here’s to hoping. Now go see The Unbelievers.

Screening Times for The Unbelievers

Sat, May 4 1:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Sun, May 5 1:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Gallery of Images from The Unbelievers

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  1. - May 5, 2013
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    Great movie, and I hope creationists or religious people in general won’t give it 1 out of 10 stars just because they don’t like it… that would be low

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